Lightning is a powerful force of nature and scientists are working on harnessing that power. Will we ever be able to control lightning?
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Lightning expected to increase by 50 percent with global warming
“Atmospheric scientists looked at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models and concluded that their combined effect will generate 50 percent more electrical discharges to the ground by the end of the century because of global warming.”
Lightning directed by laser beams
“The idea of using a powerful laser to create a low-resistance path through the atmosphere – a virtual lightning rod – gained momentum in the 1990s. Lasers were developed that could generate terawatts (trillions of watts) of power for femtoseconds (millionths of billionths of a second).”
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